Parts of the Body
|behind somebody’s back||talk about someone/do something without someone knowing, especially when they would not like it||
I told them not to buy a kitten but they bought one behind my back.
Mark was not a good manager and the staff often talked about him behind his back.
|get something off your chest||say something you have wanted to say for a long time (a secret) and feel better for doing it||
I feel so guilty, I need to get something off my chest; it was me who scratched the car, not Jerry.
|bite/snap somebody’s head off||speak angrily to somebody with no reason||I was just asking a question, there’s no need to bite my head off!|
|like a bear with a sore head||bad tempered||Jenny is like a bear with a sore head in the mornings, it’s best not to talk to her.|
|have (got) to hand it to somebody||admit that you admire somebody for their skills or achievements (perhaps unwillingly)||You have to hand it to Mike; his English has really improved. He must have studied a lot.|
|pull somebody’s leg||tell somebody a joke or something that isn’t true||“Maria is pregnant!”
“What? I’m not ready to be a father!”
“Relax, I was pulling your leg.”